A 21-year-old male asked:
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can i pop my ganglion cyst on my wrist with a thumbtack and push out the gel substance i've tried hitting it with a book and it wont work and i've had it for like 6 months now and i want to get rid of it

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Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
This : This is definitely not a good idea, you could cause further injury. You can see a dermatologist or your primary care provider for treatment. A common procedure is placing a needle into the cyst drawing the liquid out, and then injecting a steroid, and then splinting the wrist to keep it from moving. This fairly successful treatment and is a good option for you since you have had the cyst for 6 months. Good luck.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
You could.: If you were to proceed it would be painful and risk infection and/or injury to other structures in the wrist, like tendons, nerves. It would not be recommended. Surgery is safer.
Answered on Jan 25, 2013
Dr. Troy Reyna
44 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Ganglion cyst: This is a benign cyst that results from a rupture of the synovial capsule of the bones in the wrist. It can get bigger over time and cause symptoms. Treatment can involve aspiration with a high risk of recurrence or surgery to repair it. Surgery is outpatient and can take about an hour.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
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